Bayou City talent well-represented in nominations
The Grammy nominations see more women dominating the major categories and several nods for Texans, including Houston rapper Travis Scott.
Hip-hop is king among this year’s Grammy nominations.
Kendrick Lamar’s “Black Panther” soundtrack (eight), unofficial Houstonian Drake (seven) and Canadian producer Boi-1da (six) lead the pack, racking up nods in the general and rap categories. Nominations were announced Friday morning.
But Houston’s current alpha hip-hop star Travis Scott was shut out of the major categories, despite the critical and commercial success of his “Astroworld” album, named for the city’s iconic theme park. Scott earned three nominations for rap performance, song and album nominations.
Even without Scott among their list, the top four categories — record, song, album of the year and best new artist — have a different look this year. The Grammys have taken a cue from the Academy Awards and expanded the number of nominations from five to eight. That means several surprise entries made the cut. And women dominate all four categories.
Among them are folk rocker Brandi Carlile for record, album and song of the year; Janelle Monáe’s “Dirty Computer” and R&B singer H.E.R.’s selftitled debut for album of the year; and Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” for song of the year.
Best new artist includes Beyoncé proteges Chloe x Halle, rock band Greta Van Fleet, country singers Luke Combs and Margo Price, pop stars Dua Lipa and Beba Rexha, buzzy R&B voices Jorja Smith and H.E.R.
And there was more Grammy love for other Houston artists.
The joint “Everything is Love” album from The Carters — Htown diva Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z — earned nods for R&B performance, urban contemporary album and music video.
Chris Dave, a graduate of the High School for Performing and Visual Arts, earned a nomination with his group the Drumhedz for their self-titled record in the best urban contemporary album category.
Houston family band The Walls Group is up for best gospel album for “The Other Side.” It’s their third nomination. And the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Symphony are again in the mix in the classical categories.
Beyond Houston, Arlington-born Maren Morris nabbed five nods, including record and song of the year for “The Middle” with EDM stars Zedd and Grey. Hip-pop star Post Malone, who grew up in Grapevine, earned four nominations, including record and album of the year. Kacey Musgraves, who hails from Mineola, is up for album of the year, country solo performance, country song and country album for her whimsical “Golden” album.
Other Texans who made the cut include:
Los Texmaniacs (San Antonio) for regional Mexican music album
Willie Nelson (Abbott) for best traditional pop vocal album and American roots performance
Le Ann Womack ( Jacksonville) for American roots song and Americana album
Kelly Clarkson (Burleson) for pop vocal album
St. Vincent (Dallas) for rock song and alternative album
Leon Bridges (Fort Worth) for traditional R&B performance and R&B album
Surprising shutouts? Taylor Swift earned just one nomination for her “Reputation” album, which tops the year-end Billboard 200. She’s previously won album of the year twice.
Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello has to settle for a pair of pop nominations, despite the record-breaking success of “Havana.” And Ariana Grande was also relegated to pop nods.
The Grammys air Feb. 10 on CBS.
Drummer Chris Dave is a Houston native whose first album, “Chris Dave and the Drumhedz,” earned a Grammy nomination Friday.
Houston’s Travis Scott earned three Grammy nominations for his “Astroworld.”